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DJ Young Legend f/ Wes Fif, Ill Essense & Ca$tro - "Legendary"


DJ Young Legend Releases First Music Video To “Legendary” EP. Plans Summer Release.

Orlando, FL – Orlando, FL DJ by way of Philadelphia, PA, DJ Young Legend has announced plans to release his first official EP this summer, called "Legendary." Even though the spring season has just begun, Young Legend has already prepared to feed the streets as early as possible. Appropriately titled "Legendary," the self-titled track is the first street single to the project and features Wes Fif and Ill Essense, both Orlando artists on Street Smart Music as well as New Jersey artist Ca$tro. A music video directed by Leon Bailey of Lasting Blueprint Multimedia was shot in Orlando and on Tuesday March 23rd, released to all online video outlets.

 "I have had the pleasure of working with a lot of the top artist's in the music industry,” says DJ Young Legend with excitement. “Now I plan to bring them together to make great records for the world to hear."

DJ Young Legend is affiliated with Street Smart Music and Czar Entertainment. He has been featured in XXL Magazine, nominated for a Southern Entertainment Award and has done mixtapes with Rick Ross, The Game, Nu Jerzey Devil, Wes Fif, and Wyclef Jean. He is also currently working on mixtapes with independent artists Spot, Ca$tro, Ill Essense, and H Shellz.

DJ Young Legend - "Legendary" Feat. Wes Fif, Ill Essense, and Ca$tro from Leon Bailey on Vimeo.


 

Music Video Debut - Greenhouse "Cold Out Here"


From Blueprint:

Hello Friends. This is Al Shepard (Blueprint). I’m writing because my crew Greenhouse that I’m in with fellow emcee Illogic have finished our music video for the song “Cold out here” from the Electric Purgatory Ep we released in November. We explored the possibility of trying to hire a firm to do publicity but quickly realized that it is outside of our budget, so we have decided to reach out to all of you who have strong contacts with the people, and see if any of you had any interest of either posting, playing, or hosting a debut for the video. We have not set an official release date fr the video yet as we would like to reach out to you all first and go from there.

Here’s a link to the trailer for the video that we posted a little while back:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUb4ILVoY0Q



Also, for those of you that may not have got to check out the EP yet, here are the links:

http://greenhousecrew.bandcamp.com/album/electric-purgatory-part-one-promo-version

Also, we are on tour right now w/ Killah Priest.  Here is a link to the tour schedule:

http://printmatic.net/index.php/2010/03/04/greenhouse-blueprint-illogic-dj-rare-groove-spring-tour-dates-part-one/

Thanks for your time and consideration

Printmatic.net

Audio: yU - "On Ya Head"


From Michelle at Audible Treats

(March 24, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) yU, a member of the celebrated hip-hop group Diamond District, is proud to announce the release of his solo album Before Taxes. The album showcases the incomparable skill and talent displayed on his group effort, while pushing this dynamic artist into new territory. Before Taxes will be released April 13th, 2010 via Mello Music Group.

Before Taxes is yU's answer to hip-hop fans' cry for a return to real hip-hop. The artist describes hip-hop's golden era of boom-bap greatness as being akin to one's personal finances... before taxes, that is. With watered-down commercial rap eating away at the cultural wallets of hip-hop fans worldwide, with his new album the DMV MC looks to take great strides at filling his listeners' pockets with a rich cultural currency.

The album is an exciting step forward for yU. After helping put the Washington DC/Maryland hip-hop scene back on the map with the seminal Diamond District album In The Ruff, the celebrated emcee has a lot to live up to. "Before Taxes is different than In The Ruff in a lot of ways," says yU. "I've been told that the sound is more mellow or experimental at times. There's different subject matter and approach to the rhymes." While perfectly capable of flooring listeners without his Diamond District crew, yU brings a few other friends along to help turn up the heat. Underground hero Grap Luva appears on "Brainwash," a cautionary tale of the ills that befall urban life, while appearances by Bilal Salaam, EyeQ, ERK, Omun, Op Swamp 81, Finale and yU's partner in rhyme from The 1978ers, SlimKat round out the remainder of the album.

In the spirit of evolving as a multi-faceted talent, yU took on the lion's share of the work behind the boards for Before Taxes, including producing the only completely instrumental track on the album. "I produced half of [the album], recorded and mixed all but one, and, along with Slimkat, was in total control of the direction of the project," explains yU. Bilal Salaam, Isabella Banneker and Kev Brown were also on hand to provide beats for Before Taxes, while Diamond District member Oddisee's lush production provided the soundscape for "Native," a track that seamlessly fuses heartfelt classic soul with yU's thoughtful delivery and Native American-influenced rhymes. Before Taxes will serve as one of two releases for yU in 2010, with a follow up solo full-length, TheEARN, scheduled for a fall release.

Check out the first leak from Before Taxes, the bonus track, "On Ya Head": http://media.audibletreats.com/yU-On_Ya_Head-Bonus.mp3

The Background:

Stemming off the success of Diamond District's In The Ruff, emcee yU has branched out with his solo album, Before Taxes. Embodying the musical influences surrounding him, yU brings listeners tastes of the district, Maryland, and Virginia with his own classic brand of hip-hop. Showcasing his depth of talent and skill, yU expands on Diamond District's love of boom-bap and the golden era with this forthcoming release. Before Taxes will be released April 13th, 2010 via Mello Music Group.

Streams:

"On Ya Head":
http://media.audibletreats.com/yU-On_Ya_Head-Bonus.mp3

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:
http://www.audibletreats.com/download/yu
http://www.audibletreats.com/download/diamond_district

Twitter:
http://twitter.com/yuthe78er

MySpace:
http://www.myspace.com/yuremainz

Group Site:
http://diamonddistrictdmv.com

Label site:
http://www.myspace.com/mellomusicgroup
Free Download: Shala. - "Songs To Rap Along To"


From Lisa Stygar at WeDoNotFollow.com

Shala. emerges from behind the scene of the emerging and innovative Chicago art and music movement to deliver an amazing 9-track collection of free music downloads. His new album preview is a refreshing expression of where hip hop is finally headed: “Songs to Rap Along To” is a clever, honest and innovative prelude to his debut release: “…And Then Along Came Shala.”

Shala’s “Songs to Rap Along To” can be found for free download at weareshala.com. Weareshala.com is an online motion painting by Shala. himself. The collection features collaborations with Ninjasonik, Hollywood Holt, Mic Terror, and Sebastian of Ed Banger.

About Shala:

“I love what Chicago is doing, and this Shala. song “Molly Wop” is definitely what music is missing right now, so I’m playing it"  -Terry Urban of TPPS (Shade45 Radio/XM Sirius Satellite Radio)

“ . . . Shala. may be leading the most important movement on Chicago's hip-hop scene.  .  . These artists exist outside the stereotype of the hip-hop artist, yet they retain the edge and authenticity they need to be taken seriously and the business acumen needed to succeed in a tough industry.”   -Chicago Sun-Times

Shala. is a Nigerian-American visual artist, producer and musician. He is a former member of the unsung Universal recording group, Qualo and the owner of The Movement Worldwide, the management company leading the world’s New Brow art and music movement. They have managed artists such as The Cool Kids, Hollywood Holt, and Million Dollar Mano. They have partnered with companies from Nike, Puma and Boost Mobile to McDonald’s and Louis Vuitton-Moet Hennessy (LVMH).



http://www.thefader.com/2007/12/03/freeload-shala-esquire-s-immortalmovement-radio-mix/

 

Chicago Sun-Times:
http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/hiphop/1157051,CST-FTR-shala11.article

WeDoNotFollow Blog:
http://www.wedonotfollow.com

Audio: Brisco feat. Lil Wayne - "On The Wall"


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THE 1ST OFFICIAL SINGLE FROM BRISCO
OFF THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED
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"ON THE WALL"
Featuring LIL' WAYNE

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BRISCO "4/20: OG KUSH"
THE MIXTAPE DROPPING
APRIL 20, 2010

BRISCO 'STREET MEDICINE'
COMING THIS SUMMER!!!

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Bad Rabbits Tour Dates


From Frank Giardina:

Below are a couple fresh videos from the Bad Rabbits including their remaining tour dates. Enjoy!

Bad Rabbits Sping 2010 Lookbook Shoot W/ Karma Loop
http://www.karmaloop.com/tv/?ep=73272807001

Bad Rabbits Invade DC
http://vimeo.com/10135851
                                                                                      

REMAINING TOUR DATES
Mar 24, 2010 7:00P at The Masquerade (Hell) Atlanta, GA
Mar 26, 2010 7:00P at The Orpheum Tampa, FL
Mar 27, 2010 8:00P at Jack Rabbits Jacksonville, FL
Mar 28, 2010 6:30P at Canal Club (Down) Richmond, VA
Mar 29, 2010 7:00P at Webster Hall Studio New York, NY
Mar 30, 2010 8:00P at Great Scott (18+) Boston, MA
Mar 31, 2010 7:00P at The Knitting Factory New York, NY
Apr 1, 2010 6:30P at Webster Underground Hartford, CT
Apr 2, 2010 7:00P at The Loft (The Chance) Poughkeepsie, NY
Apr 3, 2010 7:00P at Petit Campus Montreal, QC
Apr 5, 2010 7:00P at Sneeky Dees Toronto, ON
Apr 6, 2010 6:00P at Mohawk Place Buffalo, NY
Apr 7, 2010 6:00P at The Basement Columbus, OH
Apr 8, 2010 6:30P at The Eagle Theater Pontiac, MI
Apr 9, 2010 7:00P at The Mad Hatter Convington, KY
Apr 10, 2010 7:00P at The Beat Kitchen Chicago, IL
Apr 11, 2010 5:00P at The Vault Buffalo, MN
Apr 13, 2010 7:30P at The Marquis Theater Denver, CO
Apr 15, 2010 7:00P at The El Corazon Lounge Seattle, WA
Apr 16, 2010 7:00P at The Venue Vancouver, BC
Apr 17, 2010 7:00P at The Satyricon Portland, OR
Apr 18, 2010 8:30P at The Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA
Apr 19, 2010 7:00P at The Boardwalk Orangevale, CA
Apr 21, 2010 7:30P at The Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
Apr 23, 2010 6:00P at The Martini Ranch Scottsdale, AZ
Apr 24, 2010 4:00P at The Launch Pad Albuquerque, NM
Apr 26, 2010 8:00P at The Jackpot Saloon Lawrence, KS
Apr 27, 2010 7:00P at Off Broadway St. Louis, MO
J.Period - Notorious B.I.G. “Juicy (March 9 Video Remix)”


J.Period & “Uncle” Ralph McDaniels Present... 
The Notorious B.I.G. “Juicy (March 9 Video Remix)”

“It was all a dream...”  Next up in J.Period & Ralph McDaniels' “March 9: Video Remix Collection” is an update of B.I.G.’s classic anthem, "Juicy,” remixed with Kanye’s “Flashing Lights”... another peek at the possibilities if B.I.G. were still alive.  “Juicy (March 9 Video Remix)” is the latest installment in J.Period & “Uncle" Ralph's multimedia "mixtape" in honor of the 13th Anniversary of B.I.G.’s untimely passing.  Enjoy additional "March 9: Video Remixes" at jperiod.com/march9 and look out for the complete collection on May 21, 2010, what would have been Christopher Wallace’s 38th birthday.
 
Download File: http://www.jperiod.com/upload/march9/m9-vid-juicy.zip 
View on Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/10382918


Free Mixtape: Flamboyant Faculty (2F's) - "Class In Session"


From Matthew Diamond at Coalmine Records

Here's the mixtape Class In Session from the Flamboyant Faculty (2F's), which drops today. We've been dropping some singles for this over the last few weeks that have been well received.  


Flamboyant Faculty (2F's) - Class In Session (Mixtape)

 
Today marks the release of Class In Session, the debut mixtape from Long Island's five-man emcee, singer/songwriting crew that go by Flamboyant Faculty a/k/a the 2F's. Class In Session showcases the artistic depth and raw talent of the 2F's over a balanced mix of original production and industry beats. This mixtape also includes exclusive features and production from the likes of DJ Kay Slay, Ray-J, DJ Khaled, Cool & Dre & J.R. Rotem among others. Click on the links below to download & stay tuned for the follow-up videos for "Change Me" & "Take This Cup".



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Tracklisting:

1. "Pusha" - Ka$ual
2. "Change Me" - Tarik Hot Nix, Ka$ual & Young Mel
3. "Hard" - Ka$ual feat. Tarik Hot Nix & Young Mel
4. "Play Ball" - Ka$ual feat. Drake, Soulja boy, Tarik Hot Nix, Young Mel, Joe Milly
5. "Pussy Monster" - Ka$ual feat. Tarik Hot Nix & Young Mel
6. "Best I Ever Had" - Drake feat. Trey Songz & Tarik Hot Nix
7. "Makin Movies" - Ka$ual & Young Mel
8. "Click" - Ciara feat. Young Mel & Tarik Hot Nix
9. "Rumor" - Keri Hilson feat. Tarik Hot Nix & Young Mel
10. "Take This Cup" - Ka$ual, Tarik Nix & Young Mel
11. "Got My Money Up" - Young Mel
12. "Coca Cola Bottle" - Ka$ual feat. Joshy Baby
13. "Step Ya Game Up" - Ka$ual feat. Pharrell
14. "Number One Fan" - Young Mel feat. Tarik Hot Nix
15. "Bottom Bitch" - DJ KaySlay, Ray-J feat. Ka$ual & Tarik Hot Nix
16. "Pu**y Whistle" - Ka$ual feat. Tarik Hot Nix
17. "More Careful" - DJ Khaled feat. T-Pain, Ka$ual & Joe Milly
18. "Pleasure & Pain" - Ka$ual feat. Pleasure P
19. "Money To Blow" - Joe Milly, Young Mel, Ka$ual, Tarik Hot Nix
20. "Jin & Joose" - Picasso
Trick Daddy's New Artist, Bad Guy


Southern Smoke TV catches a performance Miami artist Bad Guy, signed to Trick Daddy's Dunk Ryders imprint in Palmetto, FL

Link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3h-sdainSw



Aesop / The Understudies / Digital Martyrs in Berkeley on 3/26


From The Understudies:

Who: Aesop (Living Legends), performing off his new album "Living The Dream While Awake" ft. Slug of Atmosphere, Del The Funky Homosapien, Eligh & Bicasso.
also performing: The Understudies w/ G / Digital Martyrs / Elijah The Poet & 21 Stylez [Beats & Flows/Kurse Krew]

Where: Its going down at Blake's on Telegraph in Berkeley, CA. 2378 Telegraph Ave

When: FRIDAY March 26th @ 9pm

Cost: $10 with RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=326636643616

Presale Tix: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=1354005

Ages: 18+

Meet & Greet: Aesop will be signing autographs and taking pictures with fans before and after the show!


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